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What My 2016 Might Look Like

My goal-setting abilities are shoddy. Mainly because I can’t seem to show myself grace when I inevitably stumble. So, I either set something ridiculously facile. Yet still bomb it. Or I set something painstakingly complex, with benchmarks and calendars and bullet points and all. And bomb it even harder.

But here is what I think my 2016 *might* look like. It’s pretty lackadaisical, but maybe that’s what I need this year.

Hope. Because things have been difficult, and maybe this year will have some respite? Someone once asked Dave if we were in a tough season. His answer: “We’ve been in a tough season for three years now. But we’re still moving forward.”

Self-care. Really trying to show Mommy some love in this arena. I know I’m worth it. I just need to make it happen. I like looking attractive and being strong and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Continuing my strength training is paramount. But pretty eyebrows are also on the calendar.

Reading. I have had a love affair with reading since I was Miss Elizabeth Mae’s age. I am currently rereading Beowulf. “And about 20 other things,” she murmurs under her breath. I have so much reading planned for this year, but I’m just taking things one onion leaf page at a time. I do need some additional bookmarks. All mine are currently in use. And I found three more books to start.

Facebook. I also love Facebook. I have so many beautiful souls on there. You won’t see me giving up my online therapy anytime soon. It’s a lifeline for an extroverted Mama raising three out-of-the-box kiddos. But I am protective of my time online. I only follow the people who feed my soul and care about my tribe. And I follow all.things.baby.

Blogging. No idea what the year holds. Last year, I was paid for some articles. Then I was told I would no longer be paid for articles. I went from editors asking permission to publish my work to receiving the dreaded “we’re sorry, but we’re going in a different direction” emails. And it’s all good. The blog had a record year. More than 80k visitors. But it’s the relationships that I love. Making new friends. I haven’t given up on writing. I just have no idea what it’s going to look like this year. I still vacillate between shutting everything down and shouting all my thoughts from the proverbial rooftops.

Baby. We’re having a baby! A family of six. I sometimes wake up and forget for the briefest of moments. Then, I start to throw up and remember. WE’RE HAVING A BABY! And I cannot even fathom how I will do it. Or where we’ll put him. Or her, but I have felt from the first moment that he is a him. Another baby. I’m giddy.

Ger. We’re buying a Mongolian Ger this year. The account keeps growing and growing. Aside from growing a human, it’s my largest goal this year. I will probably need to do a fundraiser at some point to get across that finish line.

In all of this, we remember that our plans can change in a moment. Believe me, special needs parents know this all too well. But I’m excited to get a few ideas down on paper. I’ll trip through all of it. That is the only given in all of this. I’m not the epitome of graceful, but I’m covered in grace.

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What Happens When You Don’t Know Your Purpose?

I once told my kindergarten fiance that I wanted to go to college, buy a Bookmobile, have kids, and teach our kids the Dewey Decimal System. He ran away, while yelling, “I’ll get you extra chocolate milk today.” He wasn’t scared of my big dreams.

We went our separate ways when I realized we had nothing in common. And I think he loved me only because I was the only girl in class who could write out his entire name. Juan Carlos Bautista. I had a dream last week that he owned a Bookmobile.

Somewhere between 1989 and now, I lost the ability to know what I want. I keep reading these books about purpose and dreams and hustle and goals and I close the book to sigh. Not in relief, but exasperation. I don’t know what I want.

Obviously, I want kids. And I have kids. And I love them more than I can even explain. But that can’t be all I am. I know that Lyndse isn’t defined by a uterus.

But I don’t know what my new Bookmobile is. Buried in laundry and diapers and homeschool prep and my diploma in a drawer.

It’s been three years now that I’ve been praying for a purpose. With no answer. I don’t mind being just an ordinary mom. But only if that’s what I’m supposed to be. If there’s something else, I don’t want to miss it. If this is it, I want to embrace it.

I laid down a business. I stepped down from my year-round volunteer position. Because I know that doing things past their season just causes trouble.

But what is this season? And when people say this may not be my season for a big dream, or even a small one, I think they forget that my life doesn’t have the typical seasons. Bess has now passed Adelaide in everything but counting. Everything.

So is all this stuff about purpose for everyone but me? Because I’ve talked to Dave. I’ve talked at Dave. I’ve poured my heart out to my mom and sisters and sister friends. I’ve read the books. I’ve filled out the worksheets. But must importantly, I’ve prayed and listened and prayed and listened. And gotten nothing. Unless I just can’t, or won’t, hear the answer.

My Monday will be pee sheets, dishes, and helping Adelaide practice using a spoon. But maybe that’s why I don’t have a God-sized dream. Because I barely have the energy to start the washing machine today. Why would God entrust something else to a woman living in 6-year-old maternity shorts?

I don’t think I’m the only one wondering how today could be any different. Or maybe I am. I wouldn’t know, because it seems taboo to say that you think there should be more than folding short pants and getting through long days with tiny people. I’ve officially sealed my fate to receive exactly 13 copies of that “babies won’t keep” cobweb poem. Just because I wonder if there’s more for me on this Monday. This Monday that will never happen again.

And as I’m trying to get these thoughts out of my head and onto this screen, I have a 21 pound person wriggling all over me and trying to erase everything I write. She’s one of my joys in life. I’m not discontent with being her mom. I’m discontent with the idea that I’m teaching her that I’m just her mom. And nothing more.

And I’m going to go ahead and publish before I do erase this. Because someone else may be trying to read this while a 21 pound person wriggles all over her and she thinks she’s the only one not living a Bookmobile-sized life right now.

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A lil November Update

Just a little update on my November Goals

Physical

My goal: Sleep at least 4 hours a night.

My reality: No sleep most of the month. Bess was a trainwreck from a dairy intolerance. Good news: On my second day of dairy-free, she slept 6 hours. And she has been sleeping 6 hours for several nights now. Oh, I feel like a new woman. Sleep is so important.

My goal: Eat when the kids eat.

My reality: I kicked butt at eating. Unfortunately, I was eating the wrong things. That has been resolved.

My goal: Go the entire month without freezer chocolate.

My reality: I did it for 25 total days. Yes, I ate chocolate about five different times. And it was amazing. Can’t eat it now. And I miss it.

My goal: Get in 15,000 steps a day.

My reality: I got in 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day. Not bad, considering I had a screaming newborn the entire month.

Mental and Spiritual

My goal: Read at least one book a month.

My reality: I read several books. I hope to write some reviews soon. They were fantastic! I just finished up two more books today and have a few I will be finishing before Christmas. I have been ‘stealing’ time to read.

My goal: Share this month’s 90 gifts on the blog.

My reality: I shared many of my Joy Dare gifts, but kept some of them private. I am making something very special for next year’s gifts. I can’t wait to share it in another post!

Financial

My goal: List 50 items in the eBay store or in an album on the Little House in the City Facebook Page.

My reality: Sold, but not online. I sold things the old-fashioned way. In person. We still have about 8 containers of stuff to sell…

My goal: Keep the house clean enough.

My reality: Eh…… It depends on who you ask. My mom thought the house looked pretty great. I think it could have looked better. We survived the month and had visitors. I think that means it was clean enough. Because I opened the front door to people.

My goal: A minimum of one ‘formal’ homeschooling lesson a week.

My reality: Not even close. We haven’t even started preschool. After publishing that, I decided to wait until after the new year. Plus, he will be in preschool next year, too. Originally, we were going to start him in kindergarten early, but we have decided against that. It’s a post for the future.

Social

My goal: I didn’t list one.

My reality: Lots of great family nights, at-home date nights, and visits from family and friends. Like I said, our house was clean enough.

There you have it! November was a difficult month, but I am happy to look back and see that some things were accomplished. I am currently in the middle of a 21-Day Challenge involving all the paper in our household. I am hoping to share on that soon. For now, I am going to maintain that first goal and continue sleeping. The costs of being dairy-free are far outweighed by the benefits. Night, y’all!

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52 & 7 Challenge Update {aka Jon Acuff has never been pregnant}

Well, this update is almost a month late, but I guess that is better than never! I am not going to blame Baby, but pregnancy has definitely changed the challenge for this Mama!

Jon Acuff challenged his readers to give up New Year’s Resolutions and try something new. I did just that! So, here is my update on my first 52 days’ goals and what I am doing for the next 52 days. We are already 30 days into the next chunk of time, so some of these “new” goals have already been under construction for a month. Although I didn’t have the chance to type everything out last month, I did process through all these goals, reassess, and make some new mental goals. Since I have pregnancy brain, it will be nice to get my thoughts down on paper. Of course, if my nausea doesn’t let up, then most of these goals will never happen. Just taking it one day at a time.

Financial:

GOAL: Go on a non-essentials spending freeze in order to pay toward Adelaide’s 2012 medical bills. {This will require a lot of creativity and inventiveness.}

 

UPDATE: We stuck to it and Adelaide’s 2012 medical bills are all paid off! The spending freeze definitely helped, but it was only a small part of reaching this goal. There were several other factors/miracles/blessings that made this God-sized dream a reality!

 

NEW GOAL: Keep up the non-essentials spending freeze in order to save as much as possible for Adelaide’s 2013 expenses. Of course, with a 3rd baby on the way, we will need to buy some things. Like more cloth diapers. I still consider that an essential, even though I could actually wash diapers more often and use what we have.

 

Physical:

GOAL 1: Work out at least 300 minutes a week.

UPDATE: Um, that didn’t happen. I became pregnant, remember? I couldn’t keep down food {or water} for several weeks, so using any calories for exercise was completely unwise. I even had to wean Miss Adelaide, in order to decrease my caloric need. I am still not consuming enough calories, and have gained only 4 pounds this pregnancy.

NEW GOAL:  Eat more. I love this goal. If I keep up the pattern from my first two pregnancies, I still have 4 weeks of 24/7 nausea and daily {sometimes hourly} vomiting ahead of me. I just need to focus on eating.

GOAL 2: Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

UPDATE: Even on the days when I vomited most of it up, I did really well with this goal.

NEW GOAL: Maintain the goal.

Social:

GOAL 1: Have at least 1 playdate every 2 weeks.

UPDATE: Nope. Since our children were sick for almost 3 months, we stayed home and had ZERO playdates until just a few weeks ago.

NEW GOAL: Try this goal again. With warmer weather and fewer illnesses around the corner, I think we can make this work! We have already had TWO playdates this month!

GOAL 2: Stop checking my social apps while I am with real people. {Ouch. This one was hard to type…}

UPDATE: Did it. It was embarrassing to admit that I often checked my social media while with REAL people. So glad I made that change.

NEW GOAL 2: Maintain the original goal and add weekly breaks from all social media.

Mental:

GOAL 1: Read 1 new book every two weeks.

UPDATE: No. Not even close. I read some great books. I even wrote some reviews here on the blog. But I didn’t reach my goal. Unless you count children’s books. Then, I dominated.

NEW GOAL 1: Read 1 new book every month. I refuse to fall short of meeting this goal… ; )

GOAL 2: Write, edit, and publish at least 2 blog posts per week.

UPDATE: I didn’t quite reach this one, because I took off a lot of time to vomit.

NEW GOAL 2: Write, edit, and publish at least 1 blog post per week. Once I get to the 2nd trimester, I will reevaluate this one…

Career:

GOAL 1: List at least 3 new items each week in the eBay store.

UPDATE: We did it! We have almost 50 items at any given time!

NEW GOAL 1: Increase from 50 items to 100 items at any given time. {This has been tricky with seller’s fees increasing, but I believe God will provide some creative solutions.}

GOAL 2: Load cover photos for Little House in the City Facebook page and personal Twitter page.

UPDATE: This one went out the window when I became pregnant. Honestly, I am just going to discontinue it.

Family:

GOAL 1: Continue weekly family nights and in-home date nights.

UPDATE: Yes, and we did VERY well! Honestly, one of the easiest things you can do during a spending freeze is stay home and spend time together!

NEW GOAL 1: Maintain. Although it is a habit, it can be easily {and wrongfully} placed on the back burner…

GOAL 2: Choose and print 2 photos each week for the Family Tree frame.

UPDATE: No. Not even close. It still needs to be done.

NEW GOAL 2: Try again. Because those empty frames haunt Dave. It is really my wifely duty to take care of this issue…

Spiritual:

GOAL 1: Read the first 52 days of my One Year Bible for all 52 days.

UPDATE: Mostly. Some days, I read only parts and read from somewhere else in the Bible. Then, YouVersion deleted all my progress on Day 63.

NEW GOAL 2: Continue to read my Bible everyday, but show myself grace on the few days where I don’t read every verse of Leviticus…

GOAL 2: Finish all 19 days of She Reads Truth: Fresh Start.

UPDATE: Did it and LOVED it! I finish She Reads Truth: Songs of Ascent tomorrow. This goal is automatically discontinued, because I do not know when She Reads Truth will release their next installment. But, I will definitely continue to follow their plans when posted. Because I love them!

 

So, there it is! Not much else to say, except this: I am learning this year how to show myself grace. And that late is better than never. And that seasons are just that…SEASONS!

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Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood {Book Review}

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This book could have easily been called Do Anything at Home Mom: Balancing Anything and Motherhood because it is about so much more than blogging. It is about priorities. Organization. Schedules. Goals. Your relationships with God, your husband, your children, your community.

I was just a few pages into the forward of Christin Slade’s new ebook, Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood and was in love. Earlier this year, Dave and I decided that we (I, he was being nice) need some major help learning to balance the responsibilities of marriage, children, home, blogging, and the new eBay business. It was like God said, “Here you go! A friend wrote this book to help YOU. And to raise money for her adoption. Be blessed!” Honestly, the blogging was pretty far down on the list of things I needed to get in order. But, I was amazed at how much I learned about this new adventure of writing for the world to see.

Dave and I went to a wedding in Miami the morning after we learned we were having another baby. A complete surprise. An amazing surprise. But, it meant a serious heart-to-heart about how we were going to become a more organized family. We spent the drive discussing all we knew God wanted us to do. But how? Graham is starting homeschool preschool in the Fall. Adelaide has physical therapy once a week, with Mommy-led therapy 1 hour a day. She also has speech and occupational therapy evaluations in December. The eBay store is getting bigger every week, as we follow God’s call to bring in extra income for Adelaide’s needs and continue to follow His calling on my life to be a stay-at-home mom. And now, we have a  another Ballew blessing arriving in September. We really could not be more thrilled about it. Even though the timing was not what we expected, we knew there would be another little one in our home. {And possibly a fourth…who may be birthed in our hearts, but not from my womb. That is a subject for a post way into the future. And still something we are seeking the Lord about…}

Each chapter of Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood provided me more of the wisdom I was craving. The information I knew I needed. The help I coveted from women who are ahead of me in this mothering race. We run always keeping our eyes on the prize, but need encouragement from those ahead of us. The ones who have already been on our hills. I cried through several chapters, as I realized I am not alone. I am not the only mom who thinks I can spend the entire day getting absolutely nothing done, only to feel I have wasted our day. My children didn’t get the mama they needed or deserved. They got a tired, weary one. My house was neglected. I just turned and turned my wheels in the mud, which sloshed all over this little house. I started my day without a plan. I wasn’t sitting around eating bon-bons watching soap operas, but I wasn’t being intentional. I wasn’t carving out time to teach my children about God. His Love. His Son. His Word. Well, not every day. I had no goals for being a mom. I just expected things to happen while we were surviving our days. I wasn’t getting many chores done, because I didn’t even know where to start. I added some stuff to my blog when I found a few minutes to write. {This review was really supposed to be up days ago, but my head was either in a toilet all week. Or cleaning it off after Graham was done trying to use it.} I was giving myself grace in this season, but realizing this season of 24/7 nausea will be done soon. And I need a plan. A combination of Grace & Goals.

Although this book is specifically about blogging, and how to balance this calling with all our other God-given responsibilities, you could replace blogging with any other hobby or business or dream. I gleaned practical tips from every single page. Every contributor. Dave humored me as I quoted line after line to him. So excited to read another chapter. I didn’t feel condemnation, but conviction. Followed by freedom. I felt a new freedom to take control of my time and allow God to make me a better wife, mom, homemaker, and writer.

This book is a must-read for all moms. Blogging or not. If you are a mom whose children wear clothes and eat food, you will benefit from reading this book. Here is a sneak peek at the chapter titles. Every single chapter was a balance of practicality and spiritual morsels.

Chapter 1: Set Goals and Have a Plan
Know what to do and how to get there

Chapter 2: Organize Your Days
Know what to do and when to do it

Chapter 3: Prioritize Your Tasks
Put your most important duties and details in order

Chapter 4: The Power of a Schedule
Make the most of your time by giving it purpose

Chapter 5: Stay Consistent to Keep Balance
Knowing the needs is key to knowing balance

Chapter 6: Make the Most of Your Time
Learn to make the minutes count

Chapter 7: Care for Your Marriage
Be intentional about keeping your man in the loop

Chapter 8: Care for Your Spiritual Walk
Everything flows from this vital point

You can purchase the ebook here for only $4.99. It is worth every cent. You should buy it now for your Kindle. Or your Nook. Or as a PDF. You will read it, and then read it again. Then, you will tell your husband, your mom, and your best friend about everything you learned and loved. Be blessed!

*By the way, there are affiliate links in this review. I was given a free copy of this book by Christin. I would never recommend something I would not buy for myself. I will receive a small commission if you purchase this book through my review. 10% will go toward ministries we support (Compassion, WorldVision, Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse, and others) while 90% goes toward Adelaide’s medical bills. Just a legal and ethical heads up… ; )

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52 & 7 Challenge {aka I think Jon Acuff has a good idea}

Jon Acuff challenged his readers to give up New Year’s Resolutions and try something new. Since I completed only 1 of last year’s goals {lose 20 pounds}, I was ready for a different approach to this whole planning out your entire year thing.

The challenge: set mini-goals for 52 days at a time. That way, you can adjust throughout the year.

2012 taught me that things change. Quickly.

In January, I was caring for a 3 week old baby girl. I set goals like everyone else. Something about scrapbooking, and losing  baby weight, and organizing every nook and cranny. My goals were completely abandoned when we learned that Adelaide had a cyst in her brain and may never walk. Then, medical bills started flooding in. Oh, and Graham regressed {for the umpteenth time} in the pottytraining department. He is still not pottytrained…14 months later.

So, I am trying this 52 day business. Honestly, that may still be too long, but I think it will work for me. I probably included too many things in my first set of mini-goals, but I am feeling pretty optimistic and energetic today. If I finish them, great. If I don’t, well, I am showing myself grace. Even though God gave me the words Creativity and Inventiveness for my 2013 focus, I think Grace and Rest are going to be evident in all I do. Here is the list of things I would like to do in the first 52 days…

Financial:

Go on a non-essentials spending freeze in order to pay toward Adelaide’s 2012 medical bills. {This will require a lot of creativity and inventiveness.}

Physical:

Work out at least 300 minutes a week.

Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

Social:

Have at least 1 playdate every 2 weeks.

Stop checking my social apps while I am with real people. {Ouch. This one was hard to type…}

Mental:

Read 1 new book every two weeks.

Write, edit, and publish at least 2 blog posts per week.

Career:

List at least 3 new items each week in the eBay store.

Load cover photos for Little House in the City Facebook page and personal Twitter page.

Family:

Continue weekly family nights and in-home date nights.

Choose and print 2 photos each week for the Family Tree frame.

Spiritual:

Read the first 52 days of my One Year Bible for all 52 days.

Finish all 19 days of She Reads Truth: Fresh Start.

More importantly, I am praying that God shows me each day what He wants me to do. How are you approaching resolutions and goals this year? Please share in the comments!
 

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Goals {and a fun little experiment}

*My U key is working less than half the time. You don’t realize how many times you use it, until it is misbehaving.*

Goal: Get down to my wedding day weight by June 10, 2013 {our 7th anniversary}. 

This week, I jumped on the scale and discovered that I had reached my goal early. This is the second time this year I have reached my weight-loss goal before my self-imposed deadline. My original goal for 2012: Get down to my pre-pregnancy weight by December 31st. I did it August 20th! Who would’ve thought it would happen twice in one year?

I decided to look back at our honeymoon pictures to see how the same weight looks different after two kids. Two c-sections. Two breastfeeding journeys…Adelaide is still going strong at 11+ months. I also just enjoy looking at our honeymoon photos. A month in Denver. {contented sigh} Someday, I will write a post about our honeymoon, but here are a few of my favorite photos of myself that Dave took. That sounds vain, doesn’t it? I think every woman has (or should have) photos of herself she just loves. I think I also adore them, because I remember Dave’s face as we got onto that elevator. He thought I was the most gorgeous woman alive. I didn’t even know about the second photo until we were home.

Back from that rabbit trail.

I was disturbed elated to realize that I still own my Hard Rock Denver shirt. It is in several photos. I wore it to Red Rocks…one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. It has spent more than 5 years in the bottom of a drawer. {I couldn’t part with it…once a Colorado Girl, always a Colorado Girl.} I do remember squeezing into wearing it last month to run some errands with the babies. It made an appearance at Aldi to snag some Produce Picks, then went back in the bottom of the drawer…after it sat in the clean laundry pile for almost 8 days. It’s freedom was short-lived, because it was close to impossible to nurse in something that snug.

So, today, I rescued it from the drawer. I put it on, and thought, “I should do a quick side-by-side!” After 27 attempts with a 10 second timer, this was the best I could get. My project took a bit longer than I had hoped, but it was fun. Graham was entertained. Isn’t that the most important thing? If you have a strong-willed 3-year-old, you are emphatically shaking your head up and down in agreement.

A quick side-by-side. June 2006 and November 2012.

So, I am once again 155 lbs, even though I am carrying it differently. I have only two children, but somehow bear the stretchmarks of a woman with sextuplets. My upper body has changed size, and I have a “nursing reserve”…aka muffin top…to keep Adelaide fed for several days in an emergency situation. I am actually pleased with how I look…today. (Who knows about tomorrow. Body image is a struggle for me…and about 5 bagillion other women.) More importantly, I am stronger than I was 6 years ago. I can carry a sleeping 36 lb toddler, a 16 lb baby in her carrier, two diaper bags, a soft cooler, my purse, and do it all while jogging in the rain to a vehicle. I have done it. And I felt amazing afterward. The thinner chick on the left couldn’t have done that. No way.

So, what’s next?

Goal: Get down to my engagement day weight by August, 2013 {the 9th anniversary}.

I still own that dress, which I squeezed into wore for about 15 minutes and felt like I was walking the red carpet. I am only 10 lbs from that goal. I have 9 months. I promise a quick side-by-side when that goal is reached…which I hope is earlier than planned. Maybe I could wear this dress for our 7th anniversary in June? There is a story behind this dress, but that is for another post.

Have you reached any goals earlier than expected? Do you have a piece of clothing hiding in a drawer? Please share in the comments.

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Preparing for 21 Days {or, Where do I even start?}

Tomorrow, I start a 21 Day Challenge toward being a more disciplined wife, mommy, homemaker, volunteer, and blogger. I started brainstorming all the things I am hoping to accomplish. The list included the following one day, one week, and 21-day nightmares challenges:

  • Get dressed everyday, including some make-up and jewelry
  • Organize Adelaide’s changing table
  • Wipe down washer & dryer
  • Put away laundry immediately after folding it
  • Hang my keys on the key rack
  • Find a home for my purse and always keep it there
  • Find a home for carseat and diaper bags and keep them there
  • Dust {bleh}
  • Vacuum everyday…Adelaide is spending more time on the floor
  • Go to bed with a semi-clean house every night
  • Sell items we don’t need to pay for Adelaide’s medical bills
  • Make a traveling time-out mat for Graham
  • Complete Adelaide’s room – our almost 11-month-old daughter’s room is still a work in progress
  • Complete our room – Dave and I moved into the smallest room in the house to turn our Master into a double nursery
  • Be on time. Snort.
  • Choose, edit, and print photos for all the empty frames in our house
  • Backup all files on my computer, then wipe it clean, and start over. It is second-hand and needs an overhaul.
  • Complete the kids’ baby books. Yes, Graham is three.
  • Read. I love to read. I am currently reading 15 books. I just want to finish some of them.
  • Plan Adelaide’s birthday party.
  • Print Adelaide’s birth announcements. Yes, you read that right.

Needless to say, the list is overwhelming…and I didn’t include everything. The 21 Day Challenge will force me to narrow my options, choose do-able tasks, and focus on training myself to form good habits. I was, once upon a time, a very organized person. Now, I am a Mommy to a strong-willed 3-year-old and an 11-month-old with disabilities and I live in my pajamas…surrounded by load upon load of clean laundry.

If you want to join me, you can purchase Crystal Paine’s book on Amazon. Or, you can just read about my journey to becoming a more disciplined person and laugh. “Does she really need to put ‘getting dressed’ on a to-do list?” Yes. Yes, I do.

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21 Days to a More Disciplined Lyndse {and you, if you join me}

Join me as I blog through Crystal Paine’s book “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life”…which you can buy here on Amazon. I bought it for $4.99 for my Kindle App. I don’t actually own a Kindle, but my phone serves as a cute, mini-Kindle. So, buy it, and let’s go!

*I will not be compensated for this challenge or my reviews. I bought the book, and it is worth every bronze-ish cent.

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